Time-tracking apps are used by large companies, small and medium businesses, startups, agencies and even freelancers.
The best time tracking apps have multiple features that help you to improve employee productivity, prevent misuse of company time for personal reasons, help in workforce planning and allocation, track project progress, manage client billing and so on.
But choosing a time tracking software is hard. That’s because there are hundreds of such tools in the market. How do you know which one is right for you?
In this article, we review 14 of the most popular time tracking applications. Our reviews are based on our own tests at Time Doctor as well as reviews from Capterra and G2Crowd.
For each tool, we have included the key features, pricing, integrations available with other tools, the pros and cons and finally their ratings on Capterra and G2Crowd.
Click on any of the tools below to jump right into it.
Time Doctor is a feature-rich time tracking app used by a wide variety of companies of different sizes. Customers include large corporations such as Apple, Home Depot, Verizon, PwC as well as SMBs like Surveymonkey and Firehouse subs.
The tool is useful for companies running remote teams, digital agencies, software teams, companies with remote support agents and more. You can use Time Doctor on desktop as well as mobile. Detailed reports are available on your web-based account.
You can track time spent by each employee on specific tasks and projects.
Website and application monitoring
Keeps track of what applications and websites employees are using during work hours.
The tool can take screenshots of employees’ screens but only if you choose to enable this feature and with employees’ consent. Employees can also delete screenshots at their discretion, if they were accidentally running Time Doctor during their personal time.
Time Doctor allows companies to make payments to employees and freelancers using PayPal, Payoneer, TransferWise and several other methods in all currencies. Payments can be made based on hours worked.
If you open a social media or any entertainment site while working on a task, Time Doctor will generate a pop-up to ask you if you are still on that task. It’s a great way to avoid getting distracted.
The tool also sends a weekly poor time use report to team managers with a list of distracting websites and applications viewed and the duration they were used, during work hours.
Time Doctor automatically creates several types of reports such as Timesheets, Time Spent on Each Project/ Task and several others. These reports can be customized for different parameters – for a particular employee, a group of employees, a particular project, date ranges, etc.
Time Doctor integrates with project management tools such as Asana, ToDoist, Jira, support tools like Zendesk and Freshdesk, Slack, Google Apps and numerous other apps.
Time Doctor costs $9.99 per month and offers volume discounts. You can also sign up for a free 14 day trial without a credit card.
Pros and Cons
- Time Doctor is one of the most feature-rich apps with capabilities for time tracking, distraction management, detailed reporting, activity monitoring, billing and payments.
- Time Doctor places a lot of emphasis on employee privacy. It does not monitor employees’ activity during free time. Web and app usage monitoring and screenshots can be turned on and off for specific employees.
- The tool has several integrations with a wide variety of applications.
- More suited for companies rather than freelancers.
- The chrome extension has limitations, and it’s best to stick to the desktop app.
- The detailed reports are unnecessary for teams of less than five people.
Capterra – 4.5/5 (115 reviews)
G2Crowd – 4.6/5 (98 reviews)
Hours is one of the simplest apps for tracking time. If you just need to manage your time better without any advanced features or integration with other apps, then this might be the app for you.
It’s more suited for personal use by individuals, freelancers or perhaps teams of less than five people.
This app was launched in 2014 summer on App Store, is designed by Apple app design 2011 winner, Tapity. You can also use it on the Apple watch for timing a particular task as well as taking voice notes.
This app will notify you to start and stop the timer and also shows a stop button on your Apple watch without even going into the app. You can even setup time-rounding rules.
In addition to basic time tracking, its reporting dashboard will break down your time spend in an intuitive graphical representation, which makes it very easy to consume and interpret the data.
The Mac web app seamlessly synchronizes data across web app, iOS and Apple watch, so that you can freely switch between devices and timers.
There is no integration available with any other tools.
Hours is a freemium app, but there is an in-app purchase for the Pro version available at $7.99/user per month if you want to use it for teams.
Best suited for: Individuals, freelancers, and very small teams, who just need basic time tracking and reporting.
Pros and Cons
- Simplest time tracking app.
- Easy to use.
- Easy to switch between tasks with a click.
- Sleek user interface and timeline view option.
- Invoicing and Expense tracker is not available.
- Can’t be integrated with any other tools or CRMs.
- Not available for Windows or any other platform except Mac or iOS.
- Can’t be used for checking employee website and app usage activity.
- Quite expensive for teams, considering the limited features.
Capterra – NA (Not listed on Capterra)
G2Crowd – NA (Not listed on G2Crowd)
Qbserve is another Mac-only application. It keeps track of your activity on your Mac and has an automated project timer.
Its timer works on the basis of documents, web pages and window titles that you have open. You have to manually set up rules that determine how time is tracked for a particular project.
Qbserve provides automatic time monitoring and productivity analysis for more than 7600 sites, web apps and even games (if you spend too much time on them!).
It can track most Mac apps, document paths and browser tabs in Chrome, Safari, Firefox and some other browsers to keep a log of your time.
Qbserve also generates reports on a daily, weekly and monthly basis that help you to improve your productivity. It supports 18+ languages for generating invoices for your clients.
All the data is only stored locally on your computer. Your privacy is intact and never sent to anyone, anywhere. It also allows you to pause the timer when you’re using private browser tabs.
Qbserve has a few integrations to set alerts when you reach your goals for a particular project or even when you spend excessive time on distracting websites. It can be integrated via Zapier, AppleScript and IFTTT.
There’s no subscription model on a monthly or yearly basis. Unlike other time tracking software or applications, Qbserve offers a one-time purchase price of $40 per user.
Best suited for: Freelancers or individuals for personal use.
Pros and Cons
- Offline time tracking.
- Automated time tracking.
- Clean and easy to understand user interface.
- Setting up project rules is often complicated. Inadequately defined rules can lead to incorrect measurement and attribution of time to the wrong projects.
- The benefits of automation are offset by the time it takes you to set up rules.
- Not suitable for teams.
- No mobile app.
- Works only for Mac.
Capterra – 5/5 (15 reviews)
G2Crowd – NA ( Not listed on G2Crowd)
Paydirt is intended primarily for freelancers and agencies to track time spent on tasks or projects and generate invoices based on hours worked. It has the ability to determine which project or client you’re working for, by detecting keywords specified in advance and matching them with the tab titles in your Chrome browser.
Paydirt offers a Chrome extension that detects what project or client account you’re working on and instantly displays a pop-up reminding you to start the timer for that particular client. With just a click, you can start the timer without leaving the browser.
If in case, you forgot to start tracking time, you can jump back and start the timer 5, 10, 20, 30, 60 minutes ago, to make up for unrecorded time.
Generating invoices in more than 52 currencies and 17 languages from the dashboard and sending it directly to the client in pdf format is another useful feature that Paydirt offers. It even sends reminders if the invoice remains unpaid after a particular date.
You can also set up billing as one-time or recurring payments and get paid via PayPal or Stripe without having a separate merchant account.
Other than these features, you can generate business reports and manage your team members permission to access settings, invoices, etc. for different projects. You can also set-up employees’ billing rates.
Easy integrations are available with Basecamp 2, Basecamp 3, Trello, Redbooth, etc. With Zapier, you can integrate it with 850+ apps.
Paydirt has different pricing options for individuals and teams. Individual plans are for $8/month and $16//month. Team plans include $29/month for three team members, $49/month for six team members, $79 for 10 team members and $149/month for 20 team members.
They also offer Enterprise plans costing $249/month for up to 40 team members and $5 per additional user per month (or $50 per year). Enterprise plans include all features offered by Paydirt with advanced user permission and top-tier support.
Best suited for: Paydirt is best suited for freelancers and agencies.
Pros and Cons
- You don’t need to have a merchant account with Paypal or Stripe for invoicing and online billing.
- The Chrome extension gives you an automatic notification to start the timer when you start working on a project.
- You can always jump back and start the timer if you forgot to start tracking time.
- Even lower pricing plans don’t limit the number of projects or tasks and you can also generate unlimited invoices or quotes.
- Only available as a web app, not as desktop or mobile apps.
- The back timing feature can be misused by some employees to add extra time to their day.
- Gives you limited visibility into what websites and apps people are using during work hours.
- Limited options for integrating other apps with Paydirt.
Capterra – 3.5/5 (2 reviews)
G2Crowd – NA/5 (0 reviews) – Not listed on G2Crowd
Timely is another automated time tracking and productivity tool. It captures information from your activity across several devices and allocates time to specific tasks based on sites visited, files worked on, software used and so on.
Timely removes the dependency on manual input. It captures billable activity across several devices and creates user-friendly timesheets. It also captures tasks that are unreported like client meetings, client calls, any other digital communication or travel.
It’s available for almost all devices like web apps, desktop apps, mobile apps and even the Apple watch. It captures activity on browsers, mobile calls, meetings and calendar events.
Timely helps you to track your budget, generate custom reports, mark your billed projects, team capacity and activity feed. It also shows you how your employees spend their time in a single dashboard.
Timely can be integrated with Google calendar, Gmail, Office 365, Github, Trello, Asana, Wunderlist and Todoist (Premium accounts only).
Timely has three different plans, $7/month (billed yearly) for individuals and freelancers. For teams the pricing starts from $14 per user/month (billed yearly) and $21 per user/month (billed yearly) with extra features.
Best suited for: Individuals, freelancers and agencies with small teams.
Pros and Cons
- Easy to use and very intuitive user interface.
- Captures data across multiple devices.
- Supports multiple billing rates as per projects and clients, also able to separate billable and non-billable hours.
- This is one of the most expensive time tracking tools in the market.
- As mentioned before, automated time tracking is often faulty.
- It doesn’t offer milestone tracking within a project or task and also doesn’t support offline time tracking.
- The reporting dashboard is little confusing when you have a lot of projects and lots of team members, mostly on smaller screen devices.
Capterra – 5/5 (103 reviews)
G2Crowd – 4.4/5 (10 reviews)
TopTracker is built for freelancers, remote teams and individuals for tracking time along with automatic screenshots as a proof-of-progress. It also provides activity level tracking and full privacy for freelancers like blurred screenshots, etc.
It is developed by Toptal, an exclusive network of freelance developers, designers and finance experts. However, you don’t have to be in Toptal network to use this app.
The web app can be operated on any device like desktop, mobiles and tablets. TopTracker also provides desktop apps for platforms like Windows 7+, OS X 10+, Linux and even on Fedora.
Operating and switching between platforms or devices is seamless, if you need to. But there’s no mobile app available.
On the dashboard, you can get a centralized view of all projects and tasks along with team members’ information who have access to the particular task.
You would also be able to get detailed productivity reports, so that you can easily process the data and optimize your team’s performance.
Integration with any other app is not available for TopTracker.
It is completely free, so you can have unlimited projects and unlimited team members.
Best suited for: Freelancers and small agencies.
Pros and Cons
- Desktop app allows you to work offline and sync data online when computer reconnects.
- Unlimited projects and clients can be added without worrying about pricing.
- Privacy features allow you to make screenshot blurred or even remove them.
- No native mobile app is available for any platform.
- Budgeting, invoicing or integration with other apps is not available.
- If you leave the timer running when you are on a break, it will not stop automatically as it does not track your keystrokes or mouse clicks. You always need to stop the timer manually.
Capterra – NA (Not listed on Capterra)
G2Crowd – NA (Not listed on G2Crowd)
EverHour is a feature-rich web-based time tracking tool with reporting, budgeting, invoicing and payroll management functionalities. You can easily keep track of all projects and all team members from its dashboard, along with access to individual projects or tasks of particular team members.
You can also see each employee’s workload and allocate work or manage their time off according to their bandwidth and availability. This helps you to plan ahead.
On the live dashboard, you will be able to see what’s going on with your team and each team member’s profile and project summary.
Project billing, hourly billing and online invoicing in multiple currencies is available in EverHour. It’s easy to track time through browser extensions and embedded buttons in project management tools like Asana, Basecamp, Github and others after integration.
In EverHour you can stop the timer for an employee if you want and send them a notification email. You can also lock the time editing feature after a certain period of time.
EverHour provides multiple integrations with Asana, Basecamp, Bitbucket, Clickup, Github, Insightly, JIRA, Trello and several free project management tools.
Integration with Slack and various accounting tools like Xero, Quickbooks, Freshbooks is also available. With Zapier integration 1000+ apps can be integrated.
Everhour has a simple pricing structure. All plans offer access to all features.
Solo users pay $8/month (paid yearly.) For teams, the pricing is $5/user per month if paid yearly otherwise $7/user if paid monthly (for a minimum of 5 users).
Best suited for: Freelancers and agencies
Pros and Cons
- Easy to use and accurate embedded time tracking with Asana.
- Budget management with activity tracking on projects. Clients are also able to see time tracking and project tracking data through the client portal.
- A browser extension is available for Chrome, Safari and Firefox, so that you don’t need to leave your browser to start timer or switch between projects.
- Can’t track web and app usage activity, so you have no way of verifying if the employee was actually working.
- Doesn’t have an option to capture screenshots in order to track project progress.
- Has no features to prevent distractions.
- Doesn’t have a mobile app and wouldn’t track time while you’re offline.
- No API is available for custom integration.
Capterra – 5/5 (140 reviews)
G2Crowd – 4.6/5 (49 reviews)
Harvest is among the most straightforward time tracking software for solo freelancers or agencies. It tracks your time on multiple devices of your choice including Web app, Desktop app for Mac, Mobile app for both Android and iOS and also Chrome & Safari extensions.
Harvest helps you track your team’s time and billing, making sure your team is on track of projects. You can also determine your team’s bandwidth and plan your work allocation, using their sister app Forecast.
Harvest will simplify tracking your team members activity and project progress on the go.
Its invoicing feature will allow you to generate invoices as per billable hours and receive payments through Paypal or Stripe.
Its dashboard syncs across devices and web-apps seamlessly so that you can switch between devices easily.
Setting up multiple billing rates, billable hours tracking, expense tracking and invoice processing helps you stay aligned and on track with different clients.
Harvest has a huge list of integration options including CRM and communication tools, project management tools, finance and accounting software, productivity tools, developer tools, analytics tools and a variety of other tools.
With a Zapier integration, Harvest can be integrated with more than 1000+ tools.
Harvest offers a free plan for a single user with a maximum of two projects and with limited features. For a single user with unlimited projects the pricing is $12/month (10% off, if paid yearly) and for more than two users the pricing is $12/user per month (10% off, if paid yearly).
Best suited for: Individuals, freelancers and agencies with more than two team members and SMBs.
Pros and Cons
- Easy-to-use and user-friendly interface.
- Tons of integrations with other tools.
- Easy to separate billable and non-billable hours.
- Integration with Forecast helps determine bandwidth and allocate work better.
- Harvest doesn’t track web and app usage activity. You have no way of making sure if employees are actually working while the timer is running.
- Doesn’t have an option to capture screenshots in order to track project progress.
- If you have multiple accounts with Harvest (One that you’ve signed up for your personal need and the other provided by your organization), it’s not easy to switch between those multiple accounts. You need to log out from one to log in to the other.
- Pricing is expensive compared to other tools.
- Navigating the reports isn’t easy.
- Sometimes, there are time discrepancies between reports.
Capterra – 4.5/5 (139 reviews)
G2Crowd – 4.3/5 (273 reviews)
Paymo is primarily a project management tool, but it also has integrated time tracking as well as other features such as collaboration and invoicing.
It also provides a client dashboard making it simple for your clients to track progress on their projects and milestones.
In addition to manual time tracking, Paymo also offers automatic time tracking using a desktop app called PaymoPlus for Windows and Mac. It is useful when you’re working on multiple projects at same time. However, you would need to manually match the application/windows titles with those specific projects/task in order to accurately track time.
Paymo offers a variety of features covering several aspects of project management.
Features include planning and scheduling to task management, resources & team management, file organization with unlimited storage, invoicing, team collaboration with real-time discussion and activity stream and of course – time tracking.
Paymo offers desktop apps for Windows, Mac and Linux and also native mobile apps for Android and iOS.
Paymo can be easily integrated with Google apps, Adobe CC Extension, GrandTotal and 1000+ apps using Zapier. They also provide an API so that you can build your own custom software application and connect with other apps.
Paymo offers a free plan for one user with limited features, which is best for freelancers.
For agencies and small businesses, the pricing is $9.56/user per month and for businesses with large teams, it’s $15.16/user per month, if paid annually. If you’re looking for monthly plans, it would cost $11.95/user per month and $18.95/user per month respectively.
Best suited for: Freelancers, agencies as well as large teams.
Pros and Cons
- Clean interface and easy to use.
- Provides several features during the lifecycle of the project.
- Web-app, Desktop apps for Windows and Mac, also native mobile apps for Android and iOS.
- Data can be exported in CSV and timesheets can be shared with clients.
- Since it’s an all-inclusive tool, time tracking features are not as extensive as in dedicated time tracking software.
- Even if they have an automated time tracking option, you have to manually map pages and documents to tasks, which practically is far more complicated than manual time tracking.
- Paymo comes with some standard invoice formats and its hard to customize those templates.
Capterra – 5/5 (244 reviews)
G2Crowd – 4.6/5 (334 reviews)
Timecamp is an easy-to-use multipurpose tool that includes billable time tracking, team and project time tracking, invoicing, billing, attendance tracker with 50+ integrations. It has an automatic time tracking with a calendar integration feature.
Its desktop apps are available for Windows, Mac and Ubuntu and mobile apps for Android and iOS. TimeCamp also has a Chrome extension which allows you to start/stop the timer directly from your Chrome browser.
Timecamp provides you various features like a graphical timesheet, powerful reports, productivity analysis, weekly summary email, goal tracking, ability to add sub-tasks, time spent on documents, offline activity tracking, detailed activity history of your team member and attendance analysis.
TimeCamp can be integrated with more than 50+ project management software, communication apps, customer support apps and various others that includes Trello, Asana, Evernote, Slack, Todoist, etc. and with a Zapier integration you can integrate 1000+ other apps.
Timecamp offers a free plan for a single user which is best for freelancers. It supports time tracking for multiple projects simultaneously and you can bill several customers. They also have Basic and Pro plans which are $5.25/user per month if billed annually ($7/mo billed monthly) and $7.50/user per month if billed annually ($10/mo billed monthly) respectively.
Best suited for: Freelancers, agencies and SMBs.
Pros and Cons
- Works on desktop and mobile and Chrome.
- They have a very wide range of integrations available with other tools, also offer a developer API.
- It can track every window on your computer and total time spent on that particular window considering apps or website or tools.
- When you start using TimeCamp for the very first time, it’s not that easy to set-up and configure.
- No option to capture screenshots of web activity.
- No option to deter users from distractions like social media.
- No clients portal available for your clients to see and track progress on their projects.
- Mobile apps are not that intuitive as the desktop app and graphical summary is not available on mobile.
Capterra – 5/5 (400 reviews)
G2Crowd – 4.6/5 (65 reviews)
Toggl is an easy-to-use time tracking and reporting software for individuals or smaller teams.
Toggl offers an extension for Google Chrome and Firefox along with iPhone, Android and Desktop apps for Windows/Mac/Linux. Its browser extension helps you track time for more than 100+ online tools like project management tools, developer tools, analytics tools and various others, without leaving your current tab.
The desktop app has several features whereas the mobile app is just meant for tracking time and basic reports.
Toggl’s reporting features provide you with an easy way to analyze data.
Toggl’s key features other than tracking time are: Automated timesheet management, Tracking reminders and Deleting time entries.
Depending on the pricing plan you choose, Toggl also offers various other features such as Bulk edit, Adding time manually, Keyboard tracker, Locking time entries, Exporting your Weekly data and detailed summary reports in PDF, CSV XLS, getting reports directly in your email, Project time estimates, Alerts for estimates, Sub-project and marking you projects in different colors for unlimited projects and clients, etc.
Toggl can be integrated with more than 100+ tools for project management, app development, visual collaboration and many others. A few key tools include Asana, Basecamp, Evernote, Github, WordPress, Gmail, Google Drive and calendar, Jira, Trello, Visual Studio, DevDocs, Teamweek, Todoist, Intercom and various others.
They also have a Zapier integration to connect other apps and automate workflows.
Toggl offers different pricing models depending upon your need and team sizes with Monthly and Annual plans. With three different pricing plans – Starter, Premium and Enterprise plans, you can avail different features.
The Starter plan is billed at $9 per user/month ($10 if paid monthly) with all the basic features like time tracking and reporting which is sufficient for Startups, SMBs and Freelancers or individuals.
The Premium plan is billed at $18 per user/month ($20 if paid monthly) and it includes all the features in Starter plan along with Team management and real-time view.
The Enterprise plan starts at $49 per user/month ($59 if paid monthly) and includes everything in Starter and Premium plans along with other unlimited access to special features and advanced reporting.
Best suited for: Startups, SMBs, freelancers or even individuals.
Pros and Cons
- Simple and Elegant design.
- Easy to use and clear workflows.
- Auto tracking for more than 80+ online tools.
- Zapier integration to automate processes.
- Great customer service.
- Syncing between a few integrated tools and the app is often faulty. Even if you stop the timer, it might continue to incorrectly track time.
- Pricing is high, especially for the Starter plan which has limited features.
- Doesn’t show apps, websites or programs your employees have been using. So you won’t be able to check if your team members have been using time-wasting tools, apps or websites during work hours.
- Doesn’t have autocomplete feature while adding a new task in the app dashboard. This may cause duplicity in task name, if it is already present in your task list.
Capterra – 4.5/5 (409 reviews)
G2Crowd – 4.3/5 (276 reviews)
Timeneye is a simple and time tracking tool for both freelancers and teams offering automated as well as manual tracking. Its easy-to-use interface helps you keep your timeline organized and boost your productivity.
Timeneye’s web-based app works on every computer. It also offers mobile apps for both Android and iOS. Its Chrome plugin lets you start and stop the timer from within the browser itself, without going into the dashboard.
Timeneye’s web app tracks your time automatically and adds it to associated projects, or you can add it manually.
You can also see time being spent on a particular project or task and even see which team members are spending excessive time on any tasks. This helps you manage your team’s productivity.
The bird’s-eye view on the dashboard with a calendar view, will help you to stay on track of each project.
This tool is capable of separating billable and non-billable hours spent on a project, so that you can accurately bill your clients. It also has the ability to add multiple billing rates per task in a single project and can calculate overtime billing too.
Timeneye can be integrated with different tools like Asana, Basecamp 2/3, Google Calendar, Todoist, Trello, etc.
They offer a free plan for a single user with the ability to add unlimited projects and unlimited tasks with unlimited clients. But integration with other tools is limited and you can integrate only one tool with this free plan.
A two-user plan costs $15/month and a five-user plan costs $24. The pricing increases depending on your team size, but the cost per user decreases as you choose plans for bigger teams. For team sizes of 2+, you can integrate multiple tools, use the import feature, look at your team status view and use all premium features offered by Timeneye.
Best suited for: Freelancers and small teams.
Pros and Cons
- Able to separate billable and non-billable hours, so that you can charge your clients accurately.
- Timeneye dashboard is fairly simple. It’s easy to use with a clean interface and very intuitive.
- It can’t track time while you’re offline.
- Billing and invoicing feature is not available.
- No visibility into your team’s website and app usage during work hours.
- Projects on its calendar styled dashboard don’t have drag-and-drop functionality.
- Sometimes the timer will stop automatically even though you’re still working.
Capterra – 5/5 (35 reviews)
G2Crowd – 3.5/5 (1 review)
Clicktime is a time tracking software that increases resource and project visibility and helps you stay on budget with ease. It lets you quickly understand the resources you have available for upcoming projects.
ClickTime helps you to track various statistics in its timesheet like employee time, administration expense, overtime per employee/project, time-offs of your employees, along with allowing you to manage project budgets, employee hours, employee performance & employee permissions.
You have a bird’s-eye view on the dashboard and reports that instantly helps you to view key statistics. You can check your progress against your goals for each project and manage your project cost.
It also offers a native mobile app for Android and iOS, along with a web app and a Chrome extension that help you start/stop tracking your time from your Chrome browser directly with getting distracted.
You can generate more than 80+ different types of visual reports (as graphs and charts) depending on your requirements like project budgeting & expense reports, employees timesheet & resources management, employee utilization & billable hours and several other custom reports.
ClickTime can be integrated with various tools such as accounting, payroll management, CRM, project management, cloud storage, Google apps and several others. They also provide an API to integrate with other tools.
ClickTime has a Starter plan for $10/user per month. The Team plan is for $12/user per month and Premier plan for $24/user per month, if paid yearly. If you choose to pay monthly, those plans cost $12/user per month, $16/user per month and $28/user per month respectively.
Best suited for: Businesses of all sizes who need resource planning data.
Pros and Cons
- Simple interface and easy to use
- More than 80+ custom reports can be generated giving you multiple perspectives into your team’s work and productivity.
- Mobile apps and the Chrome extension helps you track time with ease.
- Daily email notification of work summary and notifications if an employee hasn’t completed a work day.
- Time tracking automation features are limited.
- No visibility into websites and apps being used by employees during work hours.
- Pricing is a little expensive for small or medium sized businesses.
- You would not be able to limit access for reporting within manager roles in your organization.
Capterra – 4.5/5 (30 reviews)
G2Crowd – 4.5/5 (73 reviews)
Rescuetime is primarily a productivity management tool. Strictly speaking, it’s not a ‘time tracking’ tool like the other examples in this article.
It’s a web-based time tracking application that runs in the background silently and tracks your activity.
It tracks your daily work routine and helps you to be more productive and stay focused by giving you a complete idea about your internet usage and how much time you spent on particular tool or websites during work hours.
It helps you become more conscious of time wasted at work and consequently to become better at managing your time. Based on these insights, you can try to build more productive habits.
However, RescueTime does not have the capability to track time spent on tasks or projects.
RescueTime follows default definitions for which sites and apps are considered productive and which are distracting. However, you can set your own definitions according to the nature of your work.
RescueTime allows you to block distracting sites.
You can also specify your productivity goals for the day and set an alarm when you spend more than specified time on that particular goal.
It offers a mobile app for Android, and a web app that runs on Windows, Mac and Linux. They don’t have an iOS app so far.
It shows you a detailed report in the dashboard and provides summary reports through weekly emails.
RescueTime offers integrations with various types of software like project management tools and team communication tools such as Git, Github, Slack, IFTTT, etc. With Zapier you can integrate with 50 more tools.
It can also be integrated with other internet-enabled devices like Automatic, an Internet-car connector so that you can track your time while you’re driving for work and with Exist.io, to order to monitor your activity, mood and time you spend on social media for an overview of personal metrics.
RescueTime Lite, which is a free version, is intended for individuals and has limited features. RescueTime Premium, which is for teams is priced at $9/user per month or $72/user per year, and includes all premium features.
Best suited for: Individuals and teams who want to waste less time at work.
Pros and Cons
- Simple and automatic tracking of how productively time is being spent.
- Blocking distracting sites to stay productive.
- Weekly email about your activities helps you increase your productivity, as you’d clearly be able to see where you or your team members might be wasting time or spending disproportionate time.
- Goals and alarms make you more conscious of when you might be wasting time and prompt you to get back to work.
- Unable to track time spent on tasks and projects.
- Unable to log billable and non-billable hours separately, also doesn’t support billing and invoicing within the software.
- Automatic time tracking is not possible while you’re offline. You need to log offline time manually for meetings, phone calls with clients, etc.
- While visiting some sites, RescueTime marks it unproductive like while using LinkedIn, even when you’re using for work.
Capterra – 4.5/5 (25 reviews)
G2Crowd – 4/5 (50 reviews)
There you go. 14 of the best time-tracking apps reviewed.
This article should give you a decent idea of the time tracking tool landscape and helps to choose a tool based on your own requirements. And while you evaluate how these tools fit into your own requirements, why not sign up for a free trial of Time Doctor?